April 29, 2012
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This is going to be short since I should be sleeping (or working on my script… but sleeping seems to be important as of late too.)
So, I saw two movies in the past few days and they have been utterly disappointing. What’s the deal with that?
On Friday, my mom and I saw Five Year Engagement. You figure… it’s produced by Judd Apatow, and co-written by/starring Jason Segel. This should be a solid film full of laughs, heart and heartbreak, right? NOPE. It was one of those movies where all of the funny parts were in the trailer. I love Jason Segel to bits, but this was just not on par with any of his prior projects. This film wasn’t all that funny, you didn’t really feel super connected to the characters. The last few minutes were cute, but the first two hours really weren’t all that special. I’m not a fan of rom coms on a whole, but this one was extra disappointing. I would say skip it unless you want to pay $5-10 being underwhelmed. Great cast. Meh film.
Then, tonight, I saw The Lucky One (yes, the Nicholas Sparks Zefron movie). I have seen every Nicholas Sparks film, though this was the first (and likely only) one I saw in a movie theater. I wanted to like this (well, as much as I could possibly want to like this kind of film). I actually really liked the book (okay, confession time… I read Nicholas Sparks books. Almost all of them are waaaaaaaaaaaay too melodramatic, but I think of them as the literary equivalent of car wrecks. I shouldn’t be reading them, but somehow I can’t look away.).)
Anyway, I actually liked the book of The Lucky One, so I was sort of interested in the film adaptation (and was very interested in Zefron. Go ahead and judge, but the kid has nice eyes… and other physical features. He’s legal, so I don’t feel weird about it. Zac Efron is attractive. There, I typed it. But seriously… it’s those eyes, man. But I digress…).
However, I was seriously disappointed in what were supposed to be the most emotional scenes of the film – the confrontation between Logan and Beth, and then the rain/river scene. I haven’t read the book in awhile, but I remember the rain/river scene being a freakin’ nail biter… and it was a real page turner to see who made it out and who didn’t. The movie completely undersold this scene – there was no real sense of danger and it was obvious who would and would not make it out. This should have been suspenseful, but instead it was lame.
And, the most disappointing scene was the confrontation between Logan and Beth. Whose idea was it to have his back to her for practically the whole scene?! I mean, I get that he didn’t want to look at her/was remembering how he got the picture, but COME ON. The blocking was horrible, the ADR was horrible (it was for a lot of parts in the film, damn), and the direction was horrible. Which, that kills me to write because the director (Scott Hicks) directed Shine (1996)… and Shine is an AMAZING film.
Well, that’s my two cents about that. I think the next movie I’ll be seeing in theaters is The Avengers. I have super high expectations about this film. But, Joss Whedon is helming it and the cast is stellar… so, I best not be disappointed 🙂
Have a good one
April 24, 2012
I GET SOOOOOO EMOTIONAL, BABY.
You don’t understand the extent of my love for Whitney Houston’s music. It rivals my love of Klaine. So yeah… I love it a lot.
(SPOILERS for Glee Season 3 Episode 17 – Dance With Somebody) – p.s. I will post links to audio/video when I can. My internet is still f-ed up.
I knew I was going to feel all the feels during this episode, but I thought it was going to just be during the songs. While most of the songs were pretty powerful (in different ways), the main plot line of saying goodbye and impending separation hit home the most.
The show opened with a GOREGOUS a cappella version of How Will I Know, sung by Mercedes, Santana, Kurt and Rachel. While the original is upbeat, this version was slow and serious… have you ever really listened to the lyrics? How Will I Know If He Really Loves Me? All those who sang are seniors in relationships and there is an underlying theme of “What will happen next year?” No one’s post-McKinley future is set in stone. This song was kinda depressing, but in the best way possible. My biggest beef with it was the awkward transition (aurally) in the middle from the library to the stage segue… I wanted more song to make a smoother transition, but not enough time. Also, how can Mercedes have lit candles in her locker?! At least Kurt blew them out before they left the hallway.
After the Glee title card (which reminded me a bit of The Bodyguard), Will talks with Emma about how he’s confused as to why the kids are still bummed about Whitney’s death. (Shut up, Schue… I’m still super sad about this, and will continue to be for a long, long time.) Emma pulls out a pamphlet regarding the death of Lady Di and explains how Whitney’s death is to these kids what Lady’s Di’s death was to her… a physical manifestation of her pain. It’s easier to channel all your energy and focus into an outside source instead of dealing with your own problems… like, graduating and saying goodbye. (*cough* tonight’s theme)
In the choir room, Mercedes and Rachel are debating over who was supposed to star in The Bodyguard (Mercedes was right… Diana Ross and Steve McQueen were supposed to star back in the day). Mr. Schue interrupts them and says that this week’s assignment is Whitney songs. They will be sung not only to honor her memory (and NOT pass judgment on the rough patches of her life), but to explore the kids’ own feelings about saying goodbye. A quick cut to Blaine indicates that this is a sore spot for him (and this will be discussed at length a little later).
After glee rehearsal, Kurt asks Blaine to go with him to Between the Sheets (BEST sheet music store name EVER), but Blaine can’t go. Kurt goes alone and meets new character (who best NEVER show up again EVER) Chandler.
Chandler is everything I hate in this world – overly chipper, filled with horrible puns, and seems like someone who just wants to be your BFF and snort rainbows and stardust with you. Back the Fuck off, Chandler… Kurt’s with Blaine.
Or is he? (Yes, yes he is… but Klaine was not all sunshine and happiness this week)
Chandler was very forward with Kurt and after their spastic conversation (Chandler is auditioning for NYU… so they could potentially both be in NYC in the fall), he asked Kurt for his phone number. Kurt was obviously flattered. Obviously. Flattered.
At school the next day, Brittany starts singing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and grabs various Glee kids to come and dance with her. Quinn is not having it, and gives a look when Brit tries to dance with Quinn and Quinn’s wheelchair. We transition to the auditorium stage and Brittany and Santana are singing while dressed like classic Whitney (down to the horrendously awesome 80s makeup and hair). I loved this. I love this song. And while it didn’t quite meet the level of awesome as Whitney’s version, it was so upbeat and fun and I couldn’t help but smile.
After the song, Brittany said that she loved dancing with everyone. She told Quinn, “Quinn, you can still dance in my dreams. And fly and breathe fire.” Oh, Brit. But, poor Quinn.
When we came back from commercial, Joe approaches Quinn at her locker and asks her about physical therapy (she must have been there ALL last week since she was barely in last week’s episode). She says it’s depressing, so he offers to go with her. He says he wants to go because he cares about her and because he wants to be a good Christian. I can’t wait until we see Joe’s flaws… we get a little bit of that a little later tonight, but so far, he’s pretty squeaky clean, character-wise.
Will surprises Emma in her office with news that he hired a wedding planner. She had planned for their wedding to be around Christmas, but he wants it pushed up to May (May sweeps, anyone?). She asks if his reason for this is sex, but he says no and about how they’ve been in love for 3 years, so why wait until December. Lots of kissing ensues. Really, I could care less about the Wemma wedding. Bring on the Klaine drama…
… Oh wait, here some is now.
Rachel meets up w/Kurt at his locker and he gets a text from Chandler. Turns out, he gets lots of texts from Chandler all the time now. Rachel thought it was Blaine from the way Kurt was chuckling (she comments how she gets inappropriate texts from Finn, so assumes Kurt and Blaine do the same). Kurt tells Rachel that texts from Chandler are “fun” and make him feel good. Rachel tells him that, “Blaine is supposed to make you feel good.” Kurt confides that things are kinda bland between them… says they haven’t had any unscheduled makeout sessions in over a month. Kurt then (seriously) asks Rachel if she’s heard of “lesbian bed death” – about how two women in a relationship have ended up more as sisters than lovers. He says that he and Blaine are like an old married couple and that he loves Blaine, but that Blaine isn’t making Kurt blush with his texts. Rachel asks if he’d show Blaine the texts. Kurt promptly says No.
(small tangent – This bothers me because Kurt and Blaine’s relationship began as friends who were completely honest with each other. Well… not completely honest… they didn’t really talk about feelings and stuff early on and there was some conflict about bisexuality last season… but on a whole, they seemed pretty open and honest with each other. However, I was thankful for this story line tonight. Kurt’s grown over the past few seasons. He seems to realize now that he deserves and can accept positive attention. Blaine helped him realize this… but Blaine’s been distant and they both are not as communicative as they could be. And YES, I realize these are fictional characters… but I’m so thankful we got some Klaine conflict this week. I still believe they are endgame, but they needed a shaking up in order to bring them closer together in the end.)
In the choir room, Joe and Quinn sing “Saving All My Love For You.” Everyone notices the chemistry between the two of them. It’s a very relationship-charged song, and to sing it together helps thrust forward their potential romantic story line. Plus, this song is just awesome. I liked how the kids sat on chairs on the choir room floor while the band was up in the risers. It allowed Quinn to be on the same level as everyone else.
During their song, they cut to Quinn (and Joe) at physical therapy. She looks really unhappy about being in therapy, but you can so tell that Joe and Quinn both are feeling feelings toward each other. Joe is also, like, super cute (He is. Samuel Larsen is adorable.). You can tell her wants to make a move… and that she wants him to make a move… but they have a moment and it’s ruined. Aw
After the commercial break, we come back to the choir room for something we’ve never seen before – a Rachel and Santana duet! They sing “So Emotional” and it’s so upbeat and fun and lovely and… god, I just love Whitney Houston music, okay.
During the song, Kurt (who is sitting several feet away from his boyfriend) is texting on his phone the whole time. Sam looks over Kurt’s shoulder and poor Blainers just sits there, looking over at Kurt with the saddest look on his face. It’s as if someone kicked Blaine’s puppy. And by Blaine’s puppy, I mean his own face. I’m telling you… sad Blaine is just really sad to look at ☹
In the bathroom after class, the girls ask Quinn about Joe. Quinn brings up the “moment” they had at PT, but says that he pulled away because he didn’t want her because she’s in a wheelchair. This is obviously not true, but Quinn thinks so low of herself right now that she can’t see that her being in the state she’s in is in no way the problem. Jesus is the problem. (Which you will see later…)
Back at Schue’s apartment, Emma is meeting with Mr. Lavender (pronounced Luh-vender). He’s a large and very sad man. He says he needs more time to plan the wedding… perhaps September? (September sweeps?) Will still wants May. And to rap at his own wedding. (UM, NO.)
The next day (?) Joe approaches Sam and asks him about Quinn. They talk about feelings… “in your pants feelings” (as Sam says…). Though both boys are Christian, Sam admits that he had sex last year (while he was a stripper) and that it doesn’t make him less of a Christian b/c of it. He mentions how some of the stuff in the Bible is outdated and doesn’t make much sense nowadays. Joe still thinks the no-sex rule makes sense, but Sam questions whether Joe wants to get closer to God, or closer to Quinn.
This next scene will go down as one of my favorites of the night (and probably of the series). Blaine is in Kurt’s room and Kurt walks in with a cheese tray, ready for a night of watching Bobby Brown, when Blaine asks “Who’s Chandler?”
Kurt asks why Blaine is looking at his phone. Blaine wasn’t prying, but Kurt’s phone kept going off and as each message popped up, Blaine surmised that Kurt is cheating on him with Chandler. (side note – I love Darren Criss and think he’s an awesome actor/singer/performer. But, his performance in this scene KILLED me. I liken it to the scene in LA Confidential where Bud White confronts Lynn about sleeping with Ed Exley. Just the amount of hurt and pain in his eyes… god.)
Blaine asks if Kurt likes this guy and says that he’d rather Kurt just talk to him instead of cheat. (Why don’t guys ever like to talk things out? Props to whoever wrote this episode… Guys not talking about feelings is such a real-to-life story line. I bet countless acts of violence and whatnot could have been stopped if guys would have gotten together and just talked it out. Also, countless relationship woes… am I right, ladies?) Kurt brings up how Blaine did the same thing with Sebastian, but Blaine counters that anything he said to Sebastian was family friendly. Kurt says that it’s hard being Blaine’s boyfriend b/c Blaine is the “Alpha-gay” – even Rachel wanted to be with him. Kurt says how he used to get solos all the time, but now spends his time sitting on stools watching Blaine sing. Kurt tells Blaine that Blaine doesn’t compliment Kurt or make him feel special… Blaine says that he changed schools for Kurt and changed his whole life for him. He still thinks that Kurt is cheating on him, and Kurt counters that it’ll be okay. Blaine scoffs and says, “It’s not right, but it’s ‘okay.” So, the next day in school, sings “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay.”
HOLY HELL. ANGRY/JEALOUS BLAINE DURING THE MUSIC VIDEO-ESQUE PARTS WAS SO HOT. (And, I thought it was kinda great that the glee kids seemed to be on Blaine’s side in this. Kurt’s been with this group since Season One, while Blaine is a new transfer to the group this year… and yet, they are singing backup for Blaine and glaring at Kurt. OH SNAP)
Sorry, where was I? Oh right… Blaine had all the feelings, yo. He was angry, but finished the song with tears in his eyes. I think he’s more hurt than jealous. He probably understands that Kurt would attract attention of other guys… but it probably hurts him that Kurt won’t talk with him about this, and that Kurt doesn’t really seem to think he’s completely in the wrong. (He’s not… both boys are right and wrong here). Blaine admitted last season that he’s not good about talking about his feelings (Season 2, episode 12, “Silly Love Songs”), and that’s obviously stil the case. Fear not, Klainers, we’ll get some resolution. Later.
After the commercial break, Rachel approaches Santana at Santana’s locker and says that they blew 3 years hating each other when they could have been singing amazing duets together (PREACH. Why did this pairing not happen before?!) She also says that there are 42 days until graduation and that she wants to be friends with her. So, Rachel gives Santana a picture of herself to put in her locker (which she does). I like that they get along now… especially after they really hated each other… like, when Rachel found out that Finn slept with Santana WAAAAY after the fact. Remember? Yikes bikes.
That night, Burt (!!!!) walks into his son’s room to see Kurt putting various colored post it notes on everything. Burt asks Kurt why Kurt wouldn’t want to take the prom picture of him and Blaine to New York w/him. Kurt explains that he and Blaine are on the rocks as of late. Burt says the same goes with them. Burt wants to keep Kurt’s stuff because he doesn’t want Kurt to go to NYC. He calls them “Starsky and Gay Hutch” and says how they’ve been a team since Kurt’s mom died. Burt’s been skipping Friday night dinners because he’s doesn’t want to be reminded that next year, they won’t have them because Kurt will be gone. Burt tells his son that none of it lasts, and that everything is going to change. Forever. He then tells Kurt that, “We made each other men” and both guys get a bit teary eyed. Burt will miss Kurt and Kurt will miss Burt.
I LOVE Burt Hummel. Besides Blaine, he’s my favorite character on the show. (And to be honest, if anyone but Darren was playing Blaine, then Burt would be my favorite character ever… but I have a Darren bias. So I love Blaine. But, I digress…)
I love the Burt/Kurt relationship. It’s just so positive and supportive and perfect. If one would stereotype Burt Hummel, he would likely not be accepting of his son… but he’s the complete opposite. He is his son’s biggest champion and mode of support. It’s such a beautiful, loving, caring relationship. I wish there were more Burt/Kurt scenes. They are so powerful and well acted.
The next day, Kurt sings “I Have Nothing” in front of his peers. Is the song for Burt? Is the song for Blaine? IT”S FOR BLAAAAAAAAAINE.
While Chris Colfer’s vocals come no where near the amazing vocals of Whitney (sorry, Chris… while I usually enjoy your songs, this was not one of your best ones for me for you, Dawg), it was still an important moment. I love how Mike looked up at Blaine throughout the song, just to drive in the fact that Kurt is singing this to Blaine. You can tell he’s serious, because he points at Blaine several times during the performance. (Cooper Anderson would be proud.) Kurt’s got tears in his eyes… Blaine’s got tears in his eyes. And when the song is over, he brings his hands up in front of his face and does his signature Blainers seal-clap. (This is another song where the lyrics literally rip your heart out and make you FEEL. Whitney and her song writers just GOT IT.)
(Btw – major props to the wardrobe department for Blaine’s outfits tonight… all of them went very well with Darren Criss’s eyes. Awards for everyone. Awards for Darren and his face. Awards for the clothing people and their choices of sweaters/black outfit.)
After the commercial, most of the glee boys are in the locker room. Puck gives his boys goodie bags w/shot glasses in them (Finn’s has a guitar pic) and asks them all to remember the bro-ness. He then says, “I’m going to miss all of you. I love you guys.” I like that Puck is taking all of this seriously (missing people) and I think it’s funny that Blaine gets included in all of this. I’d like to think that Puck teases Blaine a bit… but you know that Puck ships Klaine harder than all of us. He’s always crying during their duets.
Speaking of Klaine… they are in Emma’s office for couples counseling. This scene ended up being pretty powerful too. Emma encourages the boys to be brutally honest. Blaine mentions that he did something similar (texting-wise) with Sebastian, but then lashes out and says how he doesn’t like when Kurt snaps at the wait staff at restaurant. He doesn’t like how Kurt puts bronzer in his moisturizer (Blaine only uses lotion on his hands… he doesn’t like when he only has tan hands.). Then, he brings up what is REALLY bothering him… how all of their conversations end up being about Kurt and NYADA… and how it seems like Kurt can’t wait to get out of Lima and be in NYC. Blaine breaks down and says how he’s going to be here. And he’s been distant because he’s practicing what life is going to be like without Kurt. He tells Kurt that Kurt is the love of his life, but how he’s pissed he has to be without Kurt. Kurt promises Blaine that he won’t lose him – they’ll have Skype dates and Blaine can come visit. This honest discussion about the fear of losing someone because of distance ends in a hug and (hopefully) the promise of Klaine being endgame… or at least strongly attempting to overcome physical distance in their relationship.
(side note – This part kinda killed me a little bit inside. Saying goodbye and physically being separated from a loved one/friend/family via long distances is super heartbreaking and really hard. I don’t know about you, but I spent a lengthy amount of time sobbing after various distance-related goodbyes in my life. When my parents dropped me off for college freshman year. When I said goodbye to my friends after graduating college. When I left for a month after grad school classes ended. When I left Ohio for good after packing up my apartment after grad school ended. So many tears. And maybe I still have some left… I am legit tearing up thinking about these goodbyes. They were all so sad, but for different reasons. Some of these goodbyes were temporary… some were permanent. It’s just really sad ☹ )
Later, Will tells Emma he found a place for them to get married – a campground. Obviously he’s only thinking about himself b/c as an OCD person, she’d never get married somewhere so dirty. She suggests a wedding in November because all the kids would come back for it (November sweeps, anyone?), but Will freaks out and yells, “What if they don’t?!?!?!” He says he doesn’t want them to leave and how they changed his life. Emma tells him that you always keep the love with you and that never goes away. Why won’t you go away, Mr. Schue? And just leave Blaine and Burt Hummel to fill the hour of Glee… (but I digress)
At physical therapy, Joe helps stretch Quinn out and gets a boner in the process, which Quinn feels. (I thought she felt it with her leg, but it must have been with her hand/arm because something would have been pointed out, dialogue-wise, if she got feeling back in her leg, right?) They play it off without making things super awkward and talk about feelings. Quinn asks him if he wants her to be his girlfriend. He doesn’t know… he talks about questioning giving up his faith to be with her. She tells him she doesn’t want that, but she also doesn’t turn him down. Their relationship is left without a label, but there is definitely something there.
Blaine approaches Kurt at his locker and compliments his jauntily angled hat. He then texts him (well, it’s an implied sext), to which Kurt raises his eyebrows and comments how that was very unscheduled of Blaine. Blaine wants them to blow of Glee club (to fool around), but Kurt says they should go even though it’s not mandatory b/c they only have so many left together.
Mercedes and Artie are on the auditorium stage and begin singing “My Love is Your Love”… slowly, but surely, the rest of the Glee kids come and join them (first Klaine, then Finchel, then the others…). Mr. Schue watches in the wings, a bit teary eyed, as his kids come together on their own to sing. Awwwwww… just like the end of the season premiere of the whole series ☺ This is what the show is about… a bunch of kids from a bunch of walks of life coming together as one to sing. It’s such a simple concept, and yet it’s really not.
I liked this episode a lot. I was thankful for the Burt/Kurt scene. I was thankful for Klaine fighting/making up. I was thankful for a Rachel/Santana duet. I was thankful for Whitney songs. And I was thankful for them addressing the all to real topic of separation and saying goodbye.
The promo for next week’s episode, “Choke,” featured Kurt and Rachel prepping for their NYADA audition… as judged by Whoopi Goldberg. Woot. Someone “chokes,” on their audition, I believe, but we don’t know who… I’d guess Rachel, but Kurt makes sense too. Both have blown a song on purpose before. I’m sure it could happen on accident too.
WELL… that was almost 4000 words about Glee. I should work on my script now ☺
Have a good one.
April 22, 2012
So, look at that… two posts in two days.
I don’t have anything super exciting to report. Today was a mostly lazy day. I didn’t have to go anywhere, so I basically was in my StarKid sweatpants all day long and was either doing research for a little project, watching the rest of Sex and the City movie w/commentary (god, I miss NYC like whoa… and I just friggin’ love that movie, even though I was always on Team Berger. I feel he was one of the most underrated characters on that show.), playing Yahtzee w/my mom, watching one of our fish die (that’s really sad and disturbing… if you can avoid seeing this happen, keep it that way), and then working on a project for a potential internship. I did the best I could and got it turned in on time (thanks to my mom letting me use her computer). So, we’ll see what happens!
I also worked a bit more on my script (and I will work on it some more in a few minutes). The protagonist just had her first run-in with her eventual love interest. I only just started the scene, so there is a lot more misunderstanding and mortification to go, but so far so good. It bothers me a little bit that my first foray into feature script writing is a rom-dramedy, but I think it will turn out okay in that it’s (hopefully) not going to be riddled with cliches. Some of it is based in reality, but most of it is completely made up. Fiction has never been my strong suit, but because I have a clear picture of these characters (as in, most of the completely made up characters still have little traces of people I know/know of in them… be they friends, family, or acquaintances), I think it’ll turn out okay 🙂 One can only hope!!
Well… off to try and write some more. I’m actually looking forward to digging my protagonist a huge hole so that she may work her way out of it.
Have a good one
April 21, 2012
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You don’t even know how pissed I am at our Internet connection right now. I have a really important assignment that I have to do online tomorrow with a strict deadline and I am freaking out that I’m not going to get it in on time because of the Internet. Part of it is my computer is old and sucks, but another part of it is that I am having horrendous amounts of trouble attaching documents of any kind (though especially zip files of pictures) to gmail emails.
WHAT THE HECK, YO?!
I was in tears the other day over this… I really, really, REALLY need to get this assignment in tomorrow. It’s for a potential internship that I was so bad I can taste it.
So, please keep your fingers epically crossed for me tomorrow night.
In other news (?), I’m still working on my script. Yep, I haven’t given up yet! I’m actually around 22+ pages in and going strong. I’ll try and work on some more tonight. I usually have a big problem trying to perfect what I’ve already worked on before I can press forward, but I’m making myself just keep going even though I know there is stuff I need to fix. But – I’m doing it! I’m going to finish this sucker. Even though little parts of it are about me, I’m headed into major fiction territory for the next few scenes, so we’ll see how that goes. But, I had a really great idea (well, I thought it was great) and I think it should pay off, script-wise, so we’ll see!
Well, off to read and write.
Have a good one
April 17, 2012
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My internet is epically sucking right now, so I will try to link out when I can to videos/songs, but as of right now… I’m lucky I was able to post anything at all.
(SPOILERS FOR SATURDAY NIGHT GLEE-VER)
I love disco, so I was pumped for tonight’s episode of Glee because while the movie of Saturday Night Fever is not necessarily my jam, its soundtrack is. LIKE WHOA. I just really love the BeeGees, okay?
The show opened with Blaine, Mike and Brittany singing and dancing to “We Should Be Dancing”… YEAH! I appreciated that the three best dancers in the whole group got a chance to shine together. Even though this number had absolutely nothing to do with the plot (besides kicking off an episode of SNF music), it was one of my favorite numbers of the night just because they basically did all the dance moves I do around the house on a regular basis…
Go ahead and judge. I’ll wait.
After their song, it was revealed that they did the number because the theme for this year’s nationals is “vintage” (which hopefully means no original songs, thank GOD). The other members of New Directions are not so pumped with the disco song the 3 did because, as the group yelled, “DISCO SUCKS.”
(No it doesn’t, guys. It’s AWESOME.)
After the “Glee” title card, Mr. Schue is up at the piano working on his glee diarama of the kids, and internal monologuing about how three of his seniors are posing a problem b/c of their lack of drive for the future – Finn, Mercedes and Santana. Will goes to Sue for help (who says that he’s run out of ideas ever since Madonna Week), and suggests that the theme for their lessons that week should be Saturday Night Fever. And, she says they should offer up some swag as a prize (LOVED the montage of previous swag… Bryan Ryan’s bedazzled jean jackets, mattresses, gift certificate to Breadstix).
Meanwhile, in the hallway, Mercedes and Kurt are approached by Wade Adams (Glee Project contestant Alex). He’s a student at Carmel and sings in Vocal Adrenaline. He reveals that Jesse St. James is back as coach of VA (!!!!) and that he himself feels he could be the love child of Kurt and Mercedes with his fierce alter ego – Unique. Wade wants to perform in VA’s upcoming Regionals in heels and a dress as Unique, because Unique is a her. Kurt and Mercedes are rendered speechless.
Back in the choir room, the kids walk in to find that their floor is now covered in the same disco floor featured in SNF. Rachel tells Sue and Mr. Schue that “We do not support disco in this room.” (It would appear that Blaine does though… boy is PUMPED when he sees the disco floor.)
Schue and Sue brush off the hate of the room and announce that the kids are going to have a dance off and the winner will get a replica of John Travola’s infamous white suit (as sewn by Becky Johnson… EXCELLENT throwaway scene of her sewing, omg).
Sue and Schue (with the help of Joe and Blaine) perform “Night Fever” (soooo much horrible falsetto… a major theme of the night :/). All the kids get on the disco floor and dance. Sam and his body rolls… come on, kid, your White Chocolate days are over. Get a new dance move. I laughed at Puck’s “Disco Sucks” shirt, but then questioned how on earth Artie and his wheelchair got up on that raised floor?
After the number, Mr. Schue announced that the finalists for the white suit were Finn, Mercedes and Santana… hmmm… somehow this is not a coincidence.
When we get back from commercial, Finn, Mercedes and Santana are sitting down w/Mr. Schue. Finn is the only one pumped about the suit, but that’ll change in a few minutes. Schue tells them that the competition is not about the suit, but about how their time is running out (WE KNOW, MR. SCHUE… every freakin’ Glee commercial is a countdown to graduation. It’s killing me slowly…). Finn is no longer as pumped about the suit now.
Mercedes says she has a dream and we segue to her singing “Disco Inferno” with Santana and Brittany as her backup singers/dancers. The song was good (as good as “Disco Inferno” can be… I had a purple dinosaur stuffed animal that sang this song when I was little), and Sam was impressed… taping it on his phone. (Btw – how fierce has Mercedes looked this season? The answer is VERY.)
After her song, Mercedes says to the group that she does have a dream – it’s to be like Mariah, Whitney, and Aretha… sing big hits that inspire people. But she doesn’t know how to accomplish this. She got into Defiance College, but thinks she should be out in LA or something. She says that her dad thinks that her dreams are insane. You can tell Sam doesn’t think so… (more on that later).
In the hallway, Finn sees Rachel, Rachel sees Finn, but neither of them say anything. Kurt tells Rachel that she should talk to Finn, but she won’t. Yet.
At Finn’s locker, Puck asks Finn if he’s going to LA. Finn says No. Puck really wants him there b/c Puck is scared to be in LA by himself. Finn tells Puck that Puck will be fine. Puck (being the awesome friend that he’s kinda been the past couple seasons) asks Finn that when Finn finds his dream, make it as big as he is and that he owes that dream to himself and Puck. (Aw. Puck. Je t’aime.)
When we get back from commercial, Kurt and Mercedes walk into Sue’s office and she confronts them about talking to Wade (i.e. “the enemy”). Kurt and Mercedes don’t think it’s wise for Wade to dress as Unique, but Sue whips out a pair of Size 13 Wide pumps and gives them to Mercedes and Kurt to give to Wade. She thinks if Wade dresses as Unique for Regionals, VA will lose.
In the choir room, Santana sings “If I Can’t Have You” while everyone bops along in chairs around the stage (to be honest, I only ever really pay attention to what Mike, Blaine and Puck are doing… and Sugar… but she wasn’t in tonight’s episode). Finn was eyeballing Rachel. Santana was singing to Brittany, and Sam was eyeballing Mercedes. (Endgame is endgame, yo).
After her song, Mr. Schue comes up with this rindonkulous story about how she was singing about marriage equality and about how she was going to be a lawyer. Santana shot back that that was crazy and how her mistress is Fame and how “I’m going to be famous if it’s the last thing I do.” (okay, I get that this is glee club… but don’t any of these kids want to do anything that’s not performance-related? Like, I loved singing and dancing in high school too… but I had other interests. It doesn’t appear that any of these kids have skills outside of Glee club. #justsayin)
Rachel and Finn meet on the auditorium stage after and she tells him that if he doesn’t want to go to NYC, he doesn’t have to. As much as I hate Rachel, it’s nice to see her actually taking someone else’s feelings and issues into account for once. Granted, they are engaged and therefore should be looking out for each other anyway, but she’s usually super selfish. So, yay for some maturity?
Finn says that he took an online job quiz, but that the results said he’d be a competitive eating champion (awesome), but Rachel presses on with her speech and says that she wants to give Finn’s dreams an equal shot. Rachel then sings “How Deep is You Love.” I liked that the band dudes sang backup. I love the band dudes. They need more air time like I need air.
The staging for this song (Rachel singing at the mic and Finn sitting on a stool) was basically the exact same as when Blaine sang Cough Syrup to Kurt during “On My Way,” with the exception that this episode had way more disco effects and no cuts to a super sad Karofsky.
After the song, Finn, Rachel, Schue and Emma are in Emma’s office trying to find some college booklets for Finn. Finn seems excited and Rachel tells him there’s no rush (but there really is… I mean, graduation is soon. LIKE, IN A FEW EPISODES, MAN.) When Finn walks out, Mr. Schue tells him “Hey, Finn. We believe in you.”
As soon as Finn leaves the room, he tosses the entire stack of booklets into the recycle bin.
Also in the hallway, Artie rolls up to Santana and tells her that “Two Girls, One Cat” is awesome… it appears Brittany posted her and Santana’s sex tape online spliced together with footage of Lord Tubbington doing household chores. Yikes Bikes.
After the commercial break, Schue sits Finn down (OH SNAP… usually Finn is telling Blaine to sit down… butnevermind…). Schue tells Finn that he saw him dump the booklets. Finn snaps and says that he’s a total loser and that he’s not qualified to do anything. He wants time to stop (don’t we all?) and to feel like he’s young forever (Has he been listening to Teenage Dream on repeat?). Schue pops out a tape of SNF (really, Mr. Schue? A VHS tape?) and tells Finn to watch because, like Travolta’s character, Finn can do anything he wants.
In the library, Santana asks Brittany to take down the sex tape. Brit tells her that if she wants to be famous, then Santana needs to get on a reality show. She suggests Hoarders and Fear Factor (of course there was a bull testicle joke. Ugh.).
Kurt and Mercedes go to Carmel (which on this show is in Akron… which is (1.) way far away from Lima and (2.) not a real high school in Akron. I would know. I lived there for almost 20 years and went to probably the best high school in that city. Sadly, we did not have a glee club.). The go to tell Wade not to dress as a woman. They find Wade at his mirror getting ready and Wade says he’s going to dress up. Kurt tries to stop him by telling Wade that even though Kurt wears flamboyant outfits, he never wore a dress. Wade cuts him off and says that’s because Kurt identifies himself as a man… Wade identifies himself as a woman. (WAY TO GO, GLEE, FOR ADDRESSING THIS TOPIC! ALBEIT SUPER QUICKLY… I think this is a super important topic to address. Gender identification is a serious topic. It’s just generally assumed that if you are born with male genitalia, that you identify as a man, and if you are born with female genitalia then you identify as a woman. This is not the case with everybody, even though a majority of the population DOES identify with the gender they are born with. But, gender identity is a valid and relevant topic for discussion. It’s great that a primetime television show like Glee chose to have this as a subplot because there are people out there who don’t agree with people who identify with their genetically opposite gender. But, those haters need to educate themselves because this is real. This has nothing to do with God. This has everything to do with identity and self-acceptance. Go listen to “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga if you have any questions… or go to THIS awesome website that has more information with regards to questioning your gender identity.)
Kurt and Mercedes are left stunned as the curtain rises and we see Unique looking fierce in her black feather dress with those sparkly heels from Sue. She sings “Boogie Shoes” and Jesse St. James is PISSED. To the extent that he storms onto the stage and yells for Wade to get off the stage… but Unique keeps singing and dancing. Kurt and Mercedes dance with glee in the wings, now fully supportive of Unique’s choice. When she finishes singing, there is thunderous applause. You go, girl.
After the commercial, Finn and Rachel meet in the choir room. Finn says his life and the song he’s about to sing doesn’t work without her… he sings “More Than A Woman.” Partway during the song, they are flanked by other Glee couples, all decked out in disco garb. Mike/Tina, Santana/Brittany, Blaine/Kurt, and Finn/Rachel all dance and it’s adorable. Klaine FOREVER, guys. I thought it was super cute when Kurt was leading and twirled Blaine in, and then dipped him. I’d like to think that this (as well as their prom dance from last season) shows that both boys lead and follow in their relationships and that they are equals… neither of them falls into a masculine or feminine stereotype. Both take on equal roles in their relationship. ☺ So cute, it’s almost sickening. (What was sickening were those stupid camera shots of the couples spinning… I HATE it when the camera is on a mid shot/close up of one person spinning and the camera lens acts as the viewpoint of the other person spinning. BLAH)
After the song, Finn tells Rachel he figured out what he wants to do… he wants to move to New York and be on Inside the Actors Studio (i.e. go to Pace where James Lipton is at… which I’m sure just got written into the show b/c the cast was on Inside the Actors Studio last Monday.). It’s Finn’s dream to act. (And I was like, “Really?” Because he hasn’t really shown any interest in acting all that much. He wasn’t in West Side Story. He didn’t even freakin’ audition. So, yeah…)
Later, Sam approaches Mercedes and shows her that he uploaded her version of Disco Inferno to youtube. She’s a little mad at first, but then sees that complete strangers made positive comments about her singing. Sam gives Mercedes a bit of a pep talk and it’s clear that he believe in her and her dreams enough for the both of them. They kiss. Aw, Samcedes. I guess I ship it.
After the commercial, Sue talks to Santana and Brittany and tells them that sex tapes are a dime a dozen (she herself had one… on Beta. Woot.)
Santana admits that she wants to make something of her life and go to college. It turns out, thanks to a brilliant idea from Brittany, that Santana has a full ride for cheerleading to the University of Louisville. (That doesn’t seem legal, but hey… we’ll go with it.)
Santana loves Brittany and Brittany loves Santana. I ship that too (but not as much as Klaine… I will go down with that ship like Jack Dawson did in Titanic).
SO… who gets the disco suit? Finn, Mercedes and Santana do… and they strut down the hall to “Staying Alive”… and then EVERYONE is wearing the white suit on the stage (and, to be honest, my jaw dropped a little bit when they showed Darren in his white suit. Everyone looked flawless, but somehow he looked extra… DAY-YUM).
I didn’t particularly love this episode. I thought there was too much focus on telling Finn, Mercedes and Santana to figure out their future NOW. They are kids. Guess what… I’m 28 and I still have no idea what my future holds. I thought this kinda was sending a bad message, but maybe that’s just me. I mean, it’s nice to go off to college (if that’s what’s best for you) and major in something you are interested in and feel you might want to make a career… but guess what? Not everyone goes to college. Not everyone knows what they want to be. Not everyone has everything figured out all the time. So, geez, Glee. Get a grip. I did like the songs. I did like the disco dancing. And I did like Wade/Unique. So there.
And then the show ended and they showed the promo for next week’s episode… the Whitney episode. I’m extra hormonal right now (being a girl really sucks sometimes), and when they started singing the slowed down version of “How Will I Know,” I might have teared up a bit. Graduation is approaching. Burt tells Kurt he doesn’t want him to go. Blaine’s singing “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay”… WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!
Well… I need to get to sleep. I have to wake up ass-early to be at work ass-early for a long day. Luckily, I’ll be with some of my most favorite people. Woot.
Have a good one
April 15, 2012
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Our Internet was out (again) this morning, which meant I couldn’t watch Netflix or watch the second act of Holy Musical B@man (StarKid’s latest musical… it’s super funny, but I still have almost all of Act 2 to go… I will write a super long post about this when I actually finish it, as I have lots of opinions, of course).
SO… since the Interwebs were out, I sat down at my computer and opened up my scriptwriting software… and somehow I typed up two pages of what will ultimately be a feature script.
I’ve just had so much stuff eating away at my mind grapes these past few years and today, the levies of my brain broke and I just started typing. And then, after I got a couple pages typed up, I grabbed my notebook and outlined nearly the entire script (4 pages of notes) in 15 minutes.
I have never written a feature before… I started one a few years ago, but never got past an outline. I am determined to finish this one, though, as I think it could work.
I’m not going to divulge any plot details, but I will say that it does have a female protagonist. I’ve always been told to “write what you know…” Well guess what I know? Enough to break your heart one minute, but make you laugh your ass off the next.
I’m actually excited to write this. It helps that i have people in mind for all the characters, so that’ll (hopefully) make it easier to write dialogue and body language cues.
Well… I’m off to read and write for a bit… long-ass day ahead of me at work tomorrow. Sleep will have to happen too.
Have a good one
April 11, 2012
So, Phillip and Elise sang a duet of “Somebody That I Used to Know” tonight on American Idol. I can’t find video of it yet, but when I do, I’ll post it because it was ieurjqnjwfnhq3oifeh. Like, I actually might buy thins single because it was that awesome.
Funny… this song was *just* on Glee last night… when Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) and his brother Cooper (Matthew Bomer) sang it out on the auditorium stage.
And then there’s the original… Goyte and Kimbra. DAMN. Gotye is the music guest on SNL this weekend… he best be singing this because j’adore it. Those lyrics… DAMN.
I just love this song, okay?
ALL THE FEELINGS.
Also, if you watched Glee last night, you need to watch this audition tape that Cooper and Blaine made for Transformers 4. I am still laughing out loud to the point where I could potentially wake up someone else in the house. Yes… it’s *that* funny.
Okay, I am going to read for a bit before I wake someone up. Seriously… that’s one of the funniest things I’ve watched in a while. DECEPTICONS? WHERE? OMJEsus…
Have a good one
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